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Pitt researchers find COVID-19 breakthrough in llama nanobodies

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pitt’s Dr. Yi Shi and Dr. Paul Duprex discussed the potential of nanobodies isolated from Wally the llama’s blood as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.
November 6, 2020
Yi Shi, an assistant professor of cell biology, is using antibodies from an unconventional source to develop a COVID-19 treatment — Wally the llama.

Pitt joins program to increase diversity, inclusivity in STEM faculty

Pitt is a large, research-intensive institution with a sizable STEM focus, including 76 STEM departments, seven schools with a STEM focus and nearly 4,500 STEM faculty.
November 1, 2020
Pitt — along with 18 other universities across the country — was selected to join the three-year Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty program.

Pitt researchers developing virus-repellent textiles

An illustration demonstrates the fluid repellent quality of treated textiles.
May 19, 2020
Swanson researchers are collaborating to create virus-repellent textiles for medical professional use.

Hydroponics in Homewood: Pitt students at the farm next door

Pitt Hydroponics members work to construct and maintain PVC-pipe hydroponic systems in Homewood, a City neighborhood about 10 minutes east of Oakland.
February 19, 2020
Besides numerous health benefits, produce such as kale, lettuce and parsley all share one thing in common — Pitt Hydroponics club has already farmed enough of these vegetables to overflow local food pantries.

Pitt students reach new heights with NASA

NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program chose Pitt students Marissa Defallo and Nikolas Vostal’s aluminum corrosion experiment to fly this summer to the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
February 16, 2020
When Marissa Defallo, a junior mechanical engineering major, worked at American Airlines for her engineering co-op, she spent a lot of time working with aluminum. Airplanes, as well as satellites, are made of the material because it is lightweight and flexible. When looking for an experiment to be performed onboard the space station, she instinctively began to think about the material that makes up the better part of the satellite — aluminum.

Reading the signs: Swanson students create ASL-to-text translator

Pitt students won third place in the InnovateFPGA 2019 Global Design Contest Regional Final with an American Sign Language-to-text translator prototype.
November 20, 2019
The students recently placed in a competition with a prototype of their translator, which takes a video of a word being signed and translates it using an ever-learning algorithm.

Pitt band “flips” out for student-designed sheet music app

Pitt’s marching band uses a phone app instead of paper to share sheet music.
October 7, 2019
EFlipFolder, an app created by Pitt student Marcus Dubreuil, allowed the Pitt band to smoothly ditch sheet music in favor of electric music.

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

Driving skills can be negatively impacted while under the influence of THC.
August 29, 2019
Researchers from the chemistry department’s Star Lab and Swanson’s electrical and computer engineering department worked together to develop the prototype.

The fermentation process of alcohol

The fermentation process of alcohol
April 10, 2019
Alcohol is a drink of choice for many contemporary college students. But according to Linda O’Reilly, a biological sciences lecturer at Pitt, the process of creating alcohol can be dated back more than 5,000 years ago.

Q&A: Documentary filmmaker Chris Paine on AI

Pitt Cyber will show Chris Paine’s film “Do You Trust this Computer?” at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Teplitz Courtroom of the Barco Law Building.
April 9, 2019
The Pitt News talked with Chris Paine before a showing of the documentary about AI and his filmmaking process.
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